The Co-op has officially opened applications for its annual Local Community Fund and is encouraging community groups and charities to apply for a chance of winning funding.
The convenience retailer’s Community Fund has supported over 30,000 local community projects across the UK since its launch in 2016.
Charities and organisations can apply up until 11 June to be considered for the next round of funding.
The Co-op’s support comes at a much-needed time, with insight from community causes across the UK showing that more than eight-in-10 (84%) of local groups have seen a jump in demand for their services through the cost-of-living crisis.
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Last month, the supermarket also launched its new member price benefits loyalty scheme to help its members save as much as £300 per year.
The Co-op has raised £117 million over the last seven years to support local causes and community projects across the UK.
Additionally, it comes as the grocer has teamed up with Häagen-Dazs and charity Barnardo’s to support young people facing financial difficulty.
“Co-op is committed to making a real and tangible difference in our local communities, while creating significant value for Members through our Membership scheme,” director of community and member participation at Co-op, Rebecca Birkbeck said.
“Our Local Community Fund is more relevant than ever as the cost-of-living crisis is making it incredibly challenging for many local organisations.
“We know that our members want to support the communities they live in, and Co-op membership is a powerful way for people to do this, simply by shopping at Co-op – with our funding support enabling local organisations to provide valuable services and support to people at a time when communities need it most,” Birkbeck added.